Publisher: Animal Media Group
Published: 14 October 2014
Format: Paperback 150 pages
ISBN 13: 9780991255016 ISBN 10: 0991255011
The highly anticipated sequel to "The Stereoypical Freaks" and the 2nd book in the "Forever Friends" Trilogy, this is "The Hockey Saint"
Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world's best hockey player, but he wasn't prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore... just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable.
Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship. Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close as he seems from afar. With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, will Tom be able to help him before it's too late?
Book Nerd Spotlight
HOWARD SHAPIRO lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons. The Controller for the Pittsburgh-based Visual Effects firm, Animal Inc., he has also written four children’s books and The Stereotypical Freaks will be his debut Graphic Novel. His 2008 book, Hockey Player for Life, has been the #1 downloaded children’s hockey e-book on Amazon’s Kindle chart since its arrival as an e-book in November of 2011. His, Hockey Days book was the only book featured in the December 2007 Sporting News Annual Gift Guide as a Best Buy Gift for Children. Through a corporate sponsorship program he set up (and maintains), since the 2010-11 season, both of his children’s hockey books have been given to NHL teams (over 2,500 copies to date) for use in their community and educational initiatives. Since 2006 his annual charity raffle, which he matches dollar for dollar donated, has raised funds for several hockey-related charities including the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Hockey Fights Cancer and the Keith and Lisa Primeau Scholarship Fund.
Guest Post with Author Howard Shapiro
The differences between writing a novel and a graphic novel.
It’s a great question, when I write a graphic novel I am doing it in an almost completely visual way. Meaning that I visualize the scene and then write it to the visual. What I do is I send the illustrator a quasi-script and lay the page out as best I can and let them go at it. What happened a lot with both books is that the illustrators were able to take the words I wrote and visually fill in the blanks. So, what ended up happening on a few different pages is that I simply removed the words and let the visuals do the talking. Whereas with a novel, you are the eyes and ears for the reader and place them in the scene and describe everything, the smells, the look and so on. When writing a GN you can let the artist carry a lot of the heavy lifting and concentrate on making the conversation between the characters really pop. This works out good for me because I love to write dialogue between characters and it’s my strength as a writer.
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